on the Sundown STX Motard: 15
Rides and Trips
began the year 2016
preparing my motorcycle to new adventures to be achieved when doing
rides and trips along the next months. In order to get a
performance of my bike's engine I acquired and installed a kit
containing an I-Booster
and a spark plug NGK
Iridium Dr8eix (Made in Japan);
I am intending to get essentially less fuel consumption, a more stable
electric discharge to the spark plug and thus a better overall engine
I have been researching about the subject for a while and I finally
decided to install the kit. Along the next months I will be
testing and reporting about such kit in this page.
the Kit Ibooster F3 plus spark plug NGK Iridium Dr8eix (Made in Japan)
Sundown STX Motard on the morning of the 2nd of
On the 24th
of January, 2016 I went on a short ride of around 200 km with my friend
Mauro Gomes to a
spot near the urban area of São Miguel do Passa Quatro - GO.
There is an interesting leisure area, in a private property,
the river margin. Poço da Pedra is a natural well on a
of the river where the bottom and margins are sit on a rocky formation.
The owner of the farm where the natural attraction is located built the
basic structure to allow visitors to enjoy the river and Nature around
short trips and rides suit to meet our friends, as well as to put our
motorcycles on the road while the big trips are planned. In
this way on the 20th of March, 2016 we did a short ride
through Trindade - GO, lunch at the margin of BR-060 road in
Posselândia - GO, going to Palmeiras de Goiás and
returning to Goiânia - GO via GO-060 road. We
really value each one of those opportunities!
Due to the beautiful weather of April our group of friends decided to
return to São Miguel do Passa Quatro - GO on the 3rdof
April, 2016. This time we were in eight motorcycles totalling thirteen
people. This ride is done over a beautiful stretch of roads totalling
around 200 kilometers. My bike had an excelent consumption output,
reaching the mark of 33 km per litre (I was riding in a speed bracket
of 90 to 110 km/hour).
front sprocket - Sundown STX Motard
36 tooth rear sprocket -
Sundown STX Motard
On the 5th of April, 2016 I decided to change my bike's transmission
(sprocket, rear sprocket and chain drive). The last time I
that was by July, 2012. It is worth mentioning that these
components last around 30.000 km ridden since that date.
Bom Jardim - MT - 2016 - it isn't
Bonito - MS, but it is Beautiful!
It has been a while since I did my last trip, and I was missing going
for the big outdoors far from the urban traffic. I was
of going to the outback of the State of Mato Grosso. Recently
when surfing on the Internet I came accross the region of Nobres - MT,
more precisely with the district of Bom Jardim - MT.
This region, with its many natural attractions is becoming a tourism
hot spot (and has being compared with the region of Bonito - MS,
already well known by Brazilians and foreigners.
We left Goiânia - GO on Wednesday, the 20th
of April, 2016 by 06:30 AM having as our target the town of Campo
Verde - MT.
This town is located at the Southeast of Mato Grosso State, in the
Primavera do Leste - MT, and has its economy based on the agribusiness.
This trip allowed me to return to the Chapada dos
region again, where I have been previously by the end of May /
beginning of June, 2011. In reality my aim was to get to know the
region of Bom Jardim - MT
before the tourism gets to explored. And thus appreciate
Nature in the region while it is in its primitive state yet.
My friends Renato (Yamaha Crosser 150cc) and Toninho (Yamaha XTZ-X
were the companions on this adventure; as usual I was riding my Sundown
STX Motard 200cc. During this trip my motorcycle surpass the 70.000 km
mark, ridden from May, 2008, from which more than 52.000 km ridden on
trips. I consider this mark as a highlight for a bike of
origin, a small motorcycle of only 200cc.
As I already knew that we would be travelling in a region with sparse
resources regarding petrol stations I did a refuelling schedule with
intervals of approximately 200 km apart.
The great majority of my
friends that realize those rides and trips
with me have two, or even three motorcycles at their disposal (even big
bikes). I follow them (or they follow me) riding
STX Motard 200cc. Lately, all of them, are opting to ride
small motorcycles in all outings we do with our bikes. This
due to our age, but principally due to our personal preference for
Along the eight years I have been riding my Motard I kept solving
problems/issues that have arisen, I made the necessary adjustments and
parts replacement as required (all of them already mentioned along the
15 pages published in this website so far about my Sundown STX Motard),
and I reached a kind of "configuration" that I feel as the ideal for
in this way I have being having a good output/performance of my bike,
and principally a good and economic drive. Lately I have
my motorcycle mostly on trips and rides, going for the open outdoors.
The urban traffic in Goiânia became intense, and consequently
very friendly to motorcyclists anymore as used to be years ago.
- Rectifier from the Suzuki
Intruder 250cc (the ideal is the one used on the Honda CB 400, wich I
already used previously)
- Alternator re-enrolled with a bigger than the original
- Spark plug NGK Iridium Dr8eix (Made in Japan), and kit
- Combination of 36 tooth rear sprocket with 14
tooth front sprocket, secondary chain KMC (520)
- Tyres inflated with nitrogen (30PSi front and
- Good quality gasoline (preferably Petrobras, Shell or
- Bardahl Top Max gasoline additive, at the proportion of 30
ml for each tank of 10,5 litre
- Mobil Super Moto Oil 4t Mx 20w50, Semi Sinthetic with
changing intervals of 3.000 km ridden (as well as the oil filter)
battery at the specification of HTZ7L (I already used previously Moura,
and Yuasa; besides the original one of Chinese origin)
This was a great trip, due to
the route and principally due to the friends that came along with me. We rode
2.121 km between the 20th and the 24th
of April, 2016. My bike had a consumption of
66,85 litre of gasoline, wich resulted in an excelent average of 31,72
My Sundown STX Motard on the 1st
of May, 2016. Eight years on roads, 71.697 km
ridden from which 52.416 km on rides and trips. This is the Chinese
that knows more of Brazil.
On Sunday, the 15th
of May, 2016 - we reunited a group of friends in order to go on a short
ride through the following route: Goiânia - Trindade -
Brazabrantes - Nova Veneza - Nerópolis - and returning
to Goiânia - GO.
It was a very pleasant ride, due to the weather that was
The roads were fairly empty.
Some photos of this short ride are available at the following link: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%213670&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
Our group was on the following bikes: Honda NC 700, Kawasaki Versys
Honda CB 500X, Yamaha XTZ-X 250 (two), Sundown STX Motard 200, and
Yamaha Crosser 150. Our ride was around 120 km long.
the 5th of June, 2016 I went with Theresa and some friends of our group
to Olhos D'Água (district of Alexânia - GO) in
visit the traditional Feira do Troca, this time in its 86th
edition; this was a short ride totalling around 280 km ridden. Our
friend Mauro Gomes published a page on the Internet
with the photos of this ride.
Some friends had talked with us
about the Restaurante Empório Casarão (Restaurant
located at Cezarina - GO - BRAZIL, at the margin of the BR-060 road.
On Sunday, the
26th of June, 2016 - we reunited a group of
friends and took the road towards this location. We had a magnificent
Some photos of this ride are available at the following link: https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68&id=f4596aeaef09cf68%213738
the afternoon of the 22nd of July, 2016 I left
Goiânia - GO
heading for Formosa - GO. There were six people in our group (me,
Theresa, Mauro and Célia, and Toninho and Salma).
Saturday morning we went to Salto do Itiquira (Itiquira Fall); by the
afternoon the same day we returned to Formosa - GO.
Next day, Sunday morning, we
left to Brasília - D.F. in order to
visit the huge motorcycling event: Brasília Capital Moto
at Granja do Torto Exhibition Grounds. We returned to Goiânia
GO the same day by the afternoon, with a stop for lunch at
Jerivá Restaurant located in Abadiânia - GO.
Photos of this ride are
available at the following link: https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68&id=f4596aeaef09cf68%213810
Our round trip totalled 695 km. This was a wonderful opportunity to put
our bikes on road again.
interesting to mention that in this trip my motorcycle produced the
excelent average of 33,18 km/litre, both ways. I
this yield as being the result of a complete carburator cleaning that
was done fifteen days ago. And the replacement of the original
carburator collector that had some cracks.
This procedure made the motor return to the original pattern - working
without oscilations when iddle (engine idling speed), at the mark
of 1500 ±
From this last trip onwards I
noticed that my bike's engine begun to make a different noise.
Paying attention to it, and talking with my motorcycle's
mechanic we came to the conclusion that the noise was produced by the
Images of the internal
parts of my Sundown STX Motard engine, on the 6th of August, 2016.
The engine was opened and we became sure of the need of the connecting
rod kit replacement. I ordered a new kit on the Internet, and
the replacement was made. The engine of my motorcycle has now
clocked around 75.000 km. After opening the engine we
realized that the voltage stator was faulty on the wiring and there was
a need to replace it as well.
Image of the connecting
rod kit and the new voltage stator of my Sundown STX Motard, on the 6th
of August, 2016.
The new stator we installed is the original part of the Suzuki Intruder
conjunction with the rectifier that I installed last year (a Suzuki
Intruder 250 original part as well) certainly will work better than my
bike's original parts (Made in China). Principally due to the fact that
the original stator that came installed in my bike had been
re-wired with a thicker and better wiring some years ago (in July,
2011), and utilized in the last five years. I hope that this
combination of original parts from the Suzuki Intruder 250 will work
better in my bike's electrical system, producing a stronger electrical
output to the whole system.
On the 21st
of August, 2016 we did a short ride, which was made shorter by a strong
rain. We were at Pedra Branca Restaurant,
on the BR-153 road, located close to Hidrolândia - GO.
we left the restaurant to go towards Goiatuba - GO we had to
interrupt the ride and return to Goiânia - GO, due to the
rain that downpoured.
Saturday morning, the 3rd of September, 2016 we
have been visiting the background of the 24o.
Rally dos Sertões, on the Goiânia International
Autodrome; the photo album is available at the following link: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%213976&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
Taking advantage of the 7th
of September holiday (Brazil Independence Day) we did a relaxing short
ride (totalling around 200 km), over a
very well known route for us.
was some time that I had been noticing my bike's front wheel with a
strange functioning, a kind of harsh rolling of the front axle.
In reality I already known that the pair of front wheel
still the original ones, needed a replacement after 74.000 km ridden.
So, on the 20th of September, 2016 I took my
the mechanic and I had the front bearings changed/replaced by new ones;
and I had the accelerator cable changed as well. In order to
a better performance of the accelerator cable system I eliminated the
return cable, and kept only the main cable. In this way the
acceleration system now works lighter and better. The return
provided by the springs of the system.
On the 1st
of October, 2016, we did a ride with a group of friends in
order to commemorate my 65th
birthday. We took the BR-060 road to Cezarina - GO to lunch
Casarão Restaurant, a very pleasante spot on that road.
left: Renato, Mauro, Paulo, me, and my brother Irom.
Theresa and me at the parking
area of Casarão Restaurant.
opportunity we have to realize a ride or short trip we take it.
We take those occasions as a motif to hit the road. On
the 20th of November, 2016 we went to Bela Vista
Goiás, then to Piracanjuba - GO where we had lunch, and then
went back to Goiânia - GO, via the BR-153 road.
Heading towards Piracanjuba
- GO in the morning of the 20th of
Photos of this ride are
available at the following links:
at my friend's Mauro Gomes site.
a tradition, every year we do a ride to say our farewell to the year
ending and to welcome the new year coming next. This year our short
trip happened on Sunday, the 11th of December,
My Sundown STX Motard totalled
75.150 km ridden at the end of the abovementioned ride. I have been
observing that my bike's performance is very stable. Riding within the
bracket ranging from 90 to 110 km/h I could get an average of 31,36
km/litre. So this reassure that my decision to make the connecting
rod kit replacement was the right one.
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